When it comes to the Intellectual Dark Web, where its worst adherents monetise a free speech image while neglecting free speech principles, it makes sense their new business ventures still use the same old tricks.
Thinkspot, a new social media platform set to be “the intellectual playground for censorship-free discourse”, promises to be the beacon of hope in this era of tyrannical big tech overreach. Considering it’s under construction by both Jordan Peterson and his professional hypeman Dave Rubin, two controversial hypocrites of the new free speech absolutist movement, it’s important to examine these concerns before buying their new bag of false goods.
The subscription-based platform, which is being marketed as both an alternative to payment processors like Patreon and a social media alternative to content markets like Facebook and YouTube, seeks to make freedom the “central” tenant of the platform. “Once you’re on our platform,” Peterson told podcaster Joe Rogan, “we won’t take you down unless we’re ordered to by a US court of law.” Instead of setting “off limits” topics, there will be a set word requirement to avoid unthoughtful views. “If minimum comment length is 50 words, you’re gonna have to put a little thought into it,” Peterson said. “Even if you’re being a troll, you’ll be a quasi-witty troll.”
This is assuming the platform will be able to detect whether words are repeated or when letter tricks are used to game the system into hateful rhetoric, but such speech moderation doesn’t appear to be a concern. Instead, it’ll apparently be more democratic by using a voting feature to censor. “If your ratio of upvotes to downvotes falls below 50/50 then your comments will be hidden,” Peterson elaborates. People will still be able to see them if they click, but you’ll disappear.” He immediately clarified the specified limit for censor is still being judged. The site is still preparing for when their beta testers, such as Rubin, Michael Shermer, and the YouTuber turned failed UKIP candidate Carl Benjamin, begin to use the platform by their August launch.